Talk Science Teachers' Course, National Media Museum

This practical one-day course for KS3 and KS4 teachers provides tools and techniques for running effective and engaging class discussions about topical science.

Talk Science Course

Talk Science course is made up of the following modules:

·         How Science Works: Mystery Boxes

A hands-on classroom activity which highlights the skills and processes that scientists use and how science is a social and creative subject. The activity also develops inquiry and questioning skills.

·         Elements of a good discussion

Discussion is an indicator of learning and helps deepen understanding. This module focuses on what makes a good discussion, what social and physical elements are needed to support good discussion, and how these can be adapted for classroom environments.

·         Engage, Inform & Enable:

Exploring tools and techniques that can be used to facilitate effective discussion both in and outside the classroom. Activities include:

Powerful Questions – How to generate good hook questions to open a discussion by linking together things young people are interested in with topics teachers have to teach

Resources – What tools and resources can be used to provide background content knowledge of a topic

Discussion Formats – Tried and tested frameworks to set up effective discussion both inside and outside the classroom.

Get Everyone Involved – Tools to get everyone involved and engaged with a discussion. Sticky moments: how to deal with issues which may arise when using discussion

Discussion lesson Planning – Opportunity to work in small groups to create a discussion based lessons using the ideas and tools from over the day. Provides each teacher with at least 3 or 4 different lesson that they could use back in their classrooms.

·         Facilitation

What are the elements of good (and bad) facilitation? The Mystery Objects activity explores the importance of preparing access questions to keep discussion flowing and how to pass ownership of learning to students.


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Published: 04/03/2014
Audience: KS3 and KS4 Science Teachers
Contact: Annie Devitt

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